For the past nine years, Cork’s River Lee has welcomed adventurous and skilled swimmers each July for a fun swim of 2 kilometres of the North Channel. With participation increasing each year (there were 400-some participants last year), it becomes a focal point for the city. This year, it occurred at the same time as the nude cyclist tour of the city so whoever wasn’t gazing at the river was probably surprised by a different type of athleticism.
A friend of ours was one of them so we went out to cheer him on and I, naturally, snapped a few [hundred] photos. Here are a few of my favourites. The other best ones are in a public Facebook album and all of them were unceremoniously dumped into a Flickr album. Why did I bother? These people did something I am not capable of doing and probably never will be able to do, so my way of cheering them on is to make sure there is a record of their amazing feat in the form of a photo. Not everyone, mind you, but enough to make me feel like I did my good deed for the day.
Here are my favourite photos from the event in reverse chronological order. So, the first ones shown are of swimmers in later groups/heats. The last photos are of the first swimmers to enter the water.
Who knows, you may even see yourself! Click on the photo and it magically transports you through time, space, and the Interwebs to the photo’s Flickr page where you can easily download it for your personal enjoyment. All the Lee Swim photos in my Flickr album are Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). This means you can use this photo in your blog so long as you give me credit for taking it in the first place, don’t turn it into a different image or collage that you claim as your own, do not make money from the image, and don’t use it commercially (like if you sell the kayak or wetsuit pictured, you can’t use the photo in an advertisement).